Blackmon Jr. scored 37 points on Saturday afternoon to lead Marion to an upset win over No. 3 Hamilton Southeastern at Carroll High School in Fort Wayne. Marion (5-2) advances to the title game of the Carroll Shootout against Carroll at 8 p.m. tonight.
The Giants played in spurts throughout the game. They trailed big early, but continued to make runs at the Royals (8-1). Marion took a five-point lead into the fourth quarter and managed to hang on late. But it wasn't easy.
Leading 83-80 with just 16.8 seconds to go, Hamilton Southeastern struggled to find a good shot. Eric Davidson hoisted a desperation 3-pointer from the corner with just one second left and was fouled.
He made the first free throw but missed the second, forcing him to miss the third on purpose to give the Royals a chance. Blackmon Jr. rebounded the miss and Marion had the win.
Blackmon Jr. was efficient throughout and scored 14 of his 37 points in the fourth quarter. He has scored 258 points through his first seven games of the season, averaging 36.9 points per game on the year. Blackmon Jr. has scored at least 30 points in six of his first seven games, scoring 29 in the other against Indianapolis Tech.
Vijay Blackmon, a sophomore that has an IU offer, had 17 points and several big buckets down the stretch for Marion. Zach Gunn, a freshman for HSE who also owns an IU offer, fouled out in the fourth quarter with 19 points.